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PZL-安idnik S.A.
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The Only Producer of Polish Helicopters
May 31, 2012   
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With over 60 years of experience and having produced over 7,200 helicopters, PZL-安idnik is Poland’s only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with the capabilities to undertake helicopter research, design, development, system integration, manufacturing, support, training and upgrades. The company’s range of rotorcraft can perform a complete range of commercial and government roles.

PZL-安idnik is also a major industrial partner in the aerospace market, supplying aerostructures to many of the world’s leading helicopter and aircraft manufacturers. PZL-安idnik has been an AgustaWestland company since 2010.

PZL-安idnik: The past
The history of PZL-安idnik dates back to 1951 when a plant manufacturing control surfaces and wings for the MIG-15 jet fighter was established. PZL-安idnik’s operations in the helicopter industry started when the license production of the SM-1, and later also its modified version, the SM-2, began. Both helicopters got a high production rate that was close to 1,800 units. A further step in the development of PZL-安idnik was production of the Mi-2, of which almost 5,500 units have been produced so far. The Mi-2 was also the basis for the development of the PZL Kania model.

The mass production of the W-3A Sok馧, currently the main brand of PZL-安idnik, designed for performing several tasks, both military and civilian, has opened a new chapter in the history of the company. The W-3A Sok馧 can effectively perform a wide range of operations including law enforcement, EMS/SAR (emergency medical services/search and rescue) and firefighting, which makes it an excellent utility helicopter. It is also designed for VIP transport and as the multipurpose G逝szec combat helicopter—the upgraded military version of the Sok馧 for combat support and search and rescue missions.

The latest product of PZL-安idnik is the SW-4, a light, multipurpose helicopter designed to carry up to five people, whose mass production started in 2003.

The SW-4 is perfectly suited for passenger transport, including transport of VIPs, and the military version of the helicopter is ideal for both basic and advanced training.

PZL-安idnik: The present
Many years of experience in the aviation industry, an impressive volume of production and the expertise and practical skills of more than 3,500 employees result in PZL-安idnik being a thriving part of the AgustaWestland family and becoming a global center of industrial excellence.

Ever since launching cooperation with key industrial partners such as Airbus, Bell, Cessna, Eurocopter, Lat嶰oere, Pilatus, and acquisition by AgustaWestland in 2010, PZL-安idnik has taken systematic steps to stay ahead of the competition in the helicopter industry and develop a stable and promising business. These steps have included the transfer of new technology and investment in infrastructure and young employees, whose innovative approach, enthusiasm and commitment are the biggest attributes of PZL-安idnik.

PZL-安idnik: The future
Being part of a company that is the global leader in the aviation industry enables PZL-安idnik to participate in the expansion of AgustaWestland’s state-of-the-art product range and the development of helicopters manufactured in Poland. The global know-how, experience and practical skills transfer results in the implementation of demanding projects such as an unmanned helicopter created on the basis of the SW-4, which is due to make its maiden flight in mid-2013. Another demanding project involves a new-generation multipurpose military helicopter featuring outstanding performance and capabilities, the AW149. Since the very beginning, PZL-安idnik has made a significant contribution to the design works, involving several engineers working on these programs. Undoubtedly, these undertakings will be a great opportunity to utilize the economic potential of Poland’s Lubelskie region and of the country as a whole and will help boost their competitiveness internationally.

PZL-安idnik Milestones

1951 – PZL-安idnik is established and begins production of wings and control surfaces for the MIG-15 jet fighter
1954 – first helicopter license production begins with the SM-1
1964 – production of Mi-2 helicopter begins
1979 – PZL Kania and PZL Sok馧 make their maiden flights
1988 – production of the PZL Sok馧 begins
1991 – PZL-安idnik is transformed into a joint-stock company
1996 – the SW-4 flies for the first time and PZL-安idnik begins cooperation with AgustaWestland to supply fuselages
2001 – PZL-安idnik signs a contract with Dessault to participate in projects involving the Falcon business jet and the Mirage 2000 jet
2003 – production of the SW-4 begins
2006 – AgustaWestland receives its 500th airframe as a tribute to 10 years of cooperation
2010 – PZL-安idnik acquired by AgustaWestland
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